Don't sweat it. Even the most accomplished orators stumble over these commonly mispronounced words.
There are too many As for this one to roll off the tongue easily, and if you're wondering what it means, you're not alone. Anathema — that is, someone or something intensely disliked — is in the top 1% of looked-up words on .
Even Nemo couldn't pronounce this word in the Pixar movie — and he lives in one! If you can get through the first two syllables, you're in the clear.
Those double Cs spell trouble. Just like the similarly named Arctic, the southern pole often gets renamed the Ant-ART-tic.
For most people, it's the longest word they know. For others, it's a bona fide tongue twister at a whopping total 28 letters and 13 syllables. (Psst, it means being opposed to.)
Linguists know that pesky metathesis makes this typographical symbol hard to say. Metathesis? That's when people accidentally rearrange sounds or syllables in a word, like a toddler saying spaghetti as "pasketti." In this case, it's the final S and the K that do a little switcheroo, coming out as "asteriks."
No, it's not just the booze talking. Discussing beer-making bars while sober is hard enough thanks to that tricky middle syllable.
It's so, so easy to skip that "tuh" sound, but just because you're rela doesn't mean you should give up on enunciation.
Dissimilation is another linguistic phenomenon you can blame mispronunciations on. That's when similar consonants or vowels in a word become less alike, e.g. defibrillator becoming "defibyulator."
The first R in deteriorate gets the same treatment. You could try to say it correctly, or just pick one of many, many synonyms instead: decay, decline, degenerate, devolve ... and that's just the Ds!
Take heart. Almost everyone sounds like they have a lisp when they pronounce explicit.
Sometimes exponentially get exponentially harder to say the more you try to say it.
Here's another case of dissimilation, except people mispronounce this month so often that many dictionaries accept it either way. According to , "The \y\ heard from many speakers is not an intrusion but rather a common pronunciation of the vowel U after a consonant, as in January and annual."
At 29 letters, floccinaucinihilipilification has earned the unofficial title of the in the English language. Don't let its length fool you. It simply means the act or habit of estimating something as worthless.
CNN anchor Jake Tapper recently used this word on air and quickly prompted a 4,695% surge in lookups on . A synonym for dishonorable or despicable, it's perfect for talking about controversial politics — if you're brave enough to say it, that is.
Those double Ss are absolutely killer. Thankfully, most people don't live on narrow strips of land and can ignore the geographical term altogether.
Library (not "liberry") is so hard to say that can cite files where even college presidents and professors use the dissimilated form.
The historic state name comes from the native people's Algonquian word, according to the . But for people outside of New England, that last S has the unfortunate tendency to turn into an "sh" sound.
You may use this common word often enough, but if you're saying it as "off-ten," you're technically in the wrong. prefers the T-less version since it better reflects the evolution from its Middle English roots.
Buzz, hiss, splash, meow — those so-simple words all are perfect examples of onomatopoeia, which is the act of naming something similar to the sound associated with it. Good luck saying — and spelling — this doozy!
There's a reason you call your ear, nose and throat specialist an ENT doctor. No one wants to say otolaryngologist over and over again.
The best part of the word phenomenon is talking about multiple phenomena. Although if you'd like to use the more boring "phenomenons," the other plural is as well.
30 Rock fans will remember The Rural Juror, the tongue-twisting fictional film title Tina Fey and her co-writers created as a running joke. Put them together, and you get the comically amazing "ruhhr-juhhrr."
Another perennially popular word on , this intimidating-looking German noun that often pops up in essays and books refers to enjoyment derived from others' misfortunes.
Basketball superstar Steph Curry when he recently challenged a group of high schoolers to a game of S-E-S-Q-U-I-P-E-D-A-L-I-A-N instead of H-O-R-S-E. Amazingly, the adjective literally means "characterized by the use of long words."
Yes, it's only one syllable. No, that doesn't make this word any easier to say.
A viral in 2015 commiserated about the most difficult words pronounce. This was one of them.
The only way to successfully say this word is to sing it, of course. While the catchy tune in 1964's Mary Poppins popularized the term, the coined word actually dates back a little farther to the '40s, according to .
Budding writers know that a synecdoche is a figure of speech where a part represents a whole (like you might call a car your "wheels") or vice versa. Remember that the last syllable sounds like "kee" and you'll do your high school English teacher proud.
It's pronounced just like it looks, but dissimilation makes giving the weather report a little harder than it should be.